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A magnificent Bunraku Puppet play telling the story of Sadako Sasaki and the legend of the 1000 paper cranes.
Jaqueline Dommisse
Cape Town
South Africa
9 Team Members


I am Jaqueline Dommisse, the  director of SADAKO and Artistic Director of Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective. Our puppet play has been invited to perform at the Festival Mondial Des Theatres de Marionette in Charleville-Mézière in September this year. A huge honour for a small independent theatre company from Cape Town. We are a small company with big dreams, visions and credibility and sometimes very ambitious projects. We have forged our reputation with staging human stories the true and the personal in pursuit of truth and understanding.

We have part-funding for this tour - the festival will pay a performance fee; a French/South African funding partnership will pay for flights, freight and visa for the entire company. We are ALMOST there... it seems within our grasp... we only need rehearsal and production costs and this beautiful work can go abroad.

Our work has always been made with the help of people who believe in us. The latest unsolicited gift inspired the idea of going to the world to ask for help. If one person could be moved so strongly - perhaps you will too:

"It is such an important and beautiful work and my wish is for it to reach far and wide an touch as many "hearts and eyes" as possible. In this light, I would very much like to offer you an investment of R50,000 to go towards staging its run in Cape Town and the festival in France." Lindsay Meyerowitz


We need your help - and not just money

Sadako folds an origami paper crane

We needed ZAR155 000 to pay for rehearsal fees and venue hire in Cape Town. The puppets and set have been in storage and will need a little maintenance work to get them ready for the tour. 

Lindsay Meyerowitz gave us ZAR50,000 and Gavin O'Connor added ZAR20,000 to the pot, which leaves us needing just ZAR85,000 or USD9,500.  So this is where we need you please.

We'd love it if you became involved - and at the very least you'll get an origami paper crane as a thank-you! We'll either post it to your house or add it to the cranes sent to Hiroshima for the annual Peace Day celebration on 6 August.Paper crane

If you're based an Cape Town - or can get there - we'd love to see you at a performance at the Baxter Theatre Centre (30 July to 10 August 2013) If you're based in France - or can get there - please come to and see us there. (20 to 29 September) http://www.festival-marionnette.com It is one of the most prestigious puppet festivals in the world and you'll have a wonderful time.

Other Ways You Can Help

We know that some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:

Please get the word out and make some noise about this campaign. You may not be able to help raise funds or see the show, but perhaps you know someone who can - a Facebook friend? a friend who lives in France? a wealthy relative who simply loves origami or is passionate about world peace?

Simply use the Indiegogo share tools! HIT SHARE! 



Mother sings a lullabyWinner of the Handspring Puppet Company Award

Best Puppet Production 2011


"My fest favourite... a human story that goes straight for the heart."

Kgomotso Moncho, The Star Tonight

"... clarity of vision and intent that is rare, an exquisitely moving true fable... adults can still be transfixed by a powerful yarn that appeals to our inner child”

Christine Kennedy, CUE


A poignant, bunraku-style puppet play for older children and adults based on the life of Sadako Sasaki. At two, Sadako survived the Hiroshima atom bomb but ten years later developed leukemia. A Japanese legend tells: ‘if you fold 1000 origami cranes, your wish will be granted’; Sadako began folding paper.


We leave our children a complicated legacy, growing up in a world where they face the consequences of adults’ actions: war; nuclear power; global warming; HIV. Sadako’s experience transcends culture and period and is able to speak to a contemporary South African or French youth audience. Young people who have shifted from picture books to art galleries; from nursery-rhymes to pop music. They are ready for theatre that can offer them cathartic and transformative experiences; challenge them with profoundly moving and thought provoking ideas. Sadako is real theatre for young people.

Sadako folds an origami paper craneWhat can you do?

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How will we manage the money?

Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective is a registered not for profit company with a board who take their fiduciary responsibility very seriously overlooking our financial management. (South African Section 21 Company.) All donations to the project will be used for the tour, rehearsals and performances. Any funds collected that are over and above SADAKO's allocated production budget, will be be used to subsidise theatre tickets for children from disadvantaged communities and under-resourced schools to attend the show.

Sadako meets Dr. Hirata



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This campaign ended on June 7, 2013
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  • $10USD

    A "thank you" on our website.

    9 claimed
  • $25USD
    Origami crane

    An origami paper crane folded by one of the cast. We'll post it to your house or add it to the 1000 cranes we send to Hiroshima for Peace Day on 6 August.

    6 claimed
  • $50USD

    A signed poster of the play; a "thank you" on our website; and an origami paper crane folded by one of the cast.

    7 out of 50 claimed
  • $100USD
    Come watch

    Two tickets to a preview of the show in Cape Town in July 2013. Not in Cape Town? We'll drop-box the video to you!

    5 out of 20 claimed
  • $250USD
    Opening night

    Two tickets to the Opening Night of the show in Cape Town in July 2013. Not in Cape Town? We'll post a signed copy of the DVD to you!

    4 out of 10 claimed
  • $500USD
    Come and play

    Two tickets to the Opening Night of the show in Cape Town in July 2013. A 4 hour puppet workshop led by members of the cast Not in Cape Town? We'll post a signed copy of the DVD to you!

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Undying gratitude

    SADAKO was originally made with a generous donation from a friend who holds the need for peace very close to her heart and works for it with deep committment. Thank you, Vivie, for believing in us and for sharing with us Sadako’s wish: “peace in the world”.

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